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  • Redistricting: How do you count state prisoners?

    5/05/11

    California’s 80th Assembly District has another claim to fame besides being vast and largely empty: One out of every 11 people in it is a prison inmate who didn’t choose to be there.

    If Assemblyman Mike Davis gets his way, in a decade, the 80th AD would get even more vast empty land — because those prisoners wouldn’t count when it comes to drawing new political districts.

  • LDF Testifies in Support of Legislation Banning Prison-Based Gerrymandering in California

    5/03/11

    (Sacramento, CA) – Today, Dale Ho, Assistant Counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) will testify at a hearing at 1:30 pm before the California State Assembly’s Committee on Elections and Redistricting, in support of AB 420, which seeks to end the practice known as “prison-based gerrymandering” in California.

  • Case of Eyewitness vs. Alibi Raises Question of Defense Lawyers’ Competence

    5/02/11

    Richard Rosario was convicted of a murder that took place on Turnbull Avenue in the Bronx on June 19, 1996, based on the testimony of two witnesses who had picked his picture out of a book of mug shots.

    There was no other evidence linking him to the crime. He did not know the victim, and he did not know the witnesses. And there is powerful evidence that he was in Florida that entire month.

    The Supreme Court is scheduled to decide next week whether to hear Mr. Rosario’s appeal, which claims his lawyers badly bungled his alibi defense.

  • Leading Civil Rights Groups Urge Department of Justice to Require Florida to Submit Voting Change for Review

    5/02/11

    Announced Changes to Voting Have Not Been Approved by Department of Justice

    (New York, NY) – Today, the nation’s leading civil rights organizations, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), NAACP, Florida State Conference of the NAACP, and the Advancement Project, called upon the United States Department of Justice to require the State of Florida to submit for review its recent changes to rules governing the restoration of voting rights to persons with felony convictions.

  • Supreme Court imposes limits on class actions in case over 'free' call phone

    4/27/11

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday limited the ability of people to combine forces and fight corporations together when they want to dispute contracts for cell phones, cable television and other services, a move consumer advocates called a crushing blow.

    In a 5-4 ideological split, the high court’s conservatives said businesses can block their customers from using class actions. The court said the federal arbitration law trumps state laws that invalidate contracts banning class actions.